Five British celebrities you didn’t know served in the military

We're proud to offer discounts to all military personnel, past and present - which means all the following celebrities would be eligible! Anyone have Michael Caine's number?  

In the days following WWII, when the UK still had compulsory military service, Caine was called up for the British Army in 1952, joining the Royal Fusiliers in Germany and later in Korea. His military and combat experience would later prove invaluable for films such as Zulu, The Man Who Would Be King, and The Eagle Has Landed.

Just like the iconic James Bond, Connery proudly served in the Royal Navy. He enlisted at the age of sixteen in 1946. After three years, he was discharged for medical reasons, and dabbled in modelling, bodybuilding, and football, before getting a job working backstage at a theatre in Edinburgh – setting him up for his impressive acting career.

Dame Kelly Holmes (DBE) - the double Olympic Gold medallist spent nearly a decade in the British Army, reaching the rank of Sergeant. She became British Army judo champion, and at an athletics event competed in - and won - an 800 metres, 3,000 metres and a relay race in a single day. She juggled a military career with athletics before committing to sport full-time.

Having been sponsored through university on an army bursary, Blunt was committed to serve a minimum of four years in the armed forces. He trained at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in intake 963, and was commissioned into the Life Guards, a reconnaissance regiment. He rose to the rank of captain. It was while on duty there that he wrote the song "No Bravery". In 2000, and was posted to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London, as a member of the Queen's Guard. He left the army in 2002, having served six years.

An unsurprising one – Bear Grylls, best known as an adventurer and television presenter. He not only served in the Territorial Army with 21 SAS as a trooper; he has since been awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, and honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve. In June 2021, this was promoted to Honorary Colonel.

FCD Summary

How many of these did you know?

Welcome to Forces Cars Direct

If you serve, you save

We provide new car discounts for all
Armed Forces personnel, past and present.

To discover the discounts available for you and to find your ideal car, please select your eligibility from the list below:

Not sure if you’re eligible? Find out if you are here